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News Corp. taps Lord Anthony Grabiner to lead internal probe of phone-hacking scandal

July 18, 2011 |  9:58 am

Following a weekend that saw News Corp. Chairman Rupert Murdoch apologize for phone hacking by the company's now shuttered tabloid News of the World and the arrest of Rebekah Brooks, the senior executive who had oversight of the paper, the media giant continued to try to pour water on the fire tearing through its upper ranks.

The latest move by News Corp. is to bring on prominent British lawyer Lord Anthony Grabiner as independent chairman of its Management and Standards Committee, which will lead the company's internal probe of the phone-hacking scandal in which the voicemails of not only celebrities and the royal family, but also victims of crime and terrorism were broken into by News of the World operatives.

Grabiner, 66, is a commercial lawyer whom News Corp. described as a "widely-respected figure in the banking, finance, academic and business worlds." Grabiner's resume includes a stint as chairman of the Governors of the London School of Economics and a member of the Bank of England Financial Services Law Committee.

The Management and Standards Committee will report to Joel Klein, a News Corp. executive vice president and board member who has taken on a more prominent role in directing the company's handling of the crisis. Klein will report to Viet Dinh, an independent director of News Corp.'s board and chairman of its corporate governance committee. Dinh is a law professor at Georgetown University and had held senior positions on Capitol Hill.

-- Joe Flint


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Photo: A blank spot remains where a News of the World plaque was removed from a wall at the headquarters of Rupert Murdoch's News International in London. Credit: Simon Dawson / Bloomberg